Avon launches Storm 3D X-M sports-touring bike tyre
Avon Tyres has launched its new Storm 3D X-M sports-touring bike tyre, manufactured in Britain for the hypersport motorcycle market. The tyre aims to combine the performance of the Storm 3D Ultra tyre with the increased longevity demanded by riders using their bikes more regularly. The tyre will be available from UK dealers in April.
The Avon Storm 3D X-M is a new derivative of the popular Avon Storm Ultra sports-touring tyre. The tyre features interlocking three-dimensional points hidden in the tyre’s smallest grooves. Avon says that these improve stability, grip and warm-up times, while limiting tread flex. The high-performance single and multi-compound silica-rich tread enhances wet grip.
Avon recommends the Storm 3D X-M for such hyperbikes as the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa, Kawasaki GTR1400 and Kawasaki ZZR1400, given its stability and handling characteristics. Older bikes such as BMW’s K1300 series and Honda’s Super Blackbird are also the intended target.
Doug Ross, head of global motorcycle tyre sales for Avon Tyres, said: “With the Storm 3D X-M we’ve taken what was already a great tyre and built in around 15-20 per cent of extra longevity through increased tread life. While we expect this to be most popular in the US – where motorcycle mileage tends to be higher – there’s an increasing number of bikers in Europe clocking up higher mileages while touring or commuting, who want a tyre that lasts without sacrificing performance.”
The Avon Storm 3D X-M is available in sizes 120/70-ZR17 (front) and 180/55-ZR17 and 190/50-ZR17 (rear).